EU REFERENDUM LIVE: Vote chaos as floods delay polls opening but closing is still 10pm

Thursday, June 23, 2016
By Paul Martin

MILLIONS of Britons are heading to the polls today as the nation decides whether to stay in or leave the European Union.

Thu, Jun 23, 2016

Experts predict the largest turnout of UK voters in decades
Polls opened at 7am
Voters in London and south east England brave floods and torrential downpours to cast their ballots
Chaos at the polls as dozens of voters turned away, polling stations closed and others opening late
Result expected ‘around breakfast time’ on Friday morning
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker speaks to Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande as voters head to the polls
Experts have predicted the decision could see the largest turnout of UK voters in decades, with 46million people eligible to cast their ballot.

Polls opened across the country at 7am and will remain open until 10pm as the nation answers the most important question for a generation.

An estimated 46,499,537 people are entitled to take part in today’s vote – a record number for a UK election and there have been reports of queues outside polling stations across the country.

But dozens of voters were turned away following a registration error in Leighton Buzzard.

As London and the south east was battered by heavy rainfall a number of polling stations were closed.

Five polling stations opened late in east London as staff were unable get to get there on time as the capital’s transport network struggled to cope with the downpour.

The stations will not remain open past 10pm despite opening late.

The Electoral Commission said voters delayed by the weather would still be able to vote as long as they were in line by 10pm.

It is only the third nationwide referendum in British history.

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